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Managing Director of SOEC since 2005. Veteran of the Southern California automotive scene. Involvement with Saleen dates back to the mid 1990s.

TURNOLOGY: SALEEN CUP STORMS INTO NEW YORK

Saleen Cup Racing Series Storms Watkins Glen
At GT World Challenge

By: DAVE PANKEW on September 6, 2019
Original Article: TURNOLOGY.COM

Saleen Automotive is continuing to make new roads in their Saleen Cup Racing Series as a one-make “arrive and drive” style of race. We reported on the new series, which is in the second round of the inaugural race season and was held during the SRO Motorsports – Blancpain GT World Challenge America Series at Watkins Glen International. The Labor Day Weekend action saw several race teams campaigning the race version of the 450 hp Saleen 1 turbocharged race car to storm ‘The Glen’ nestled in the rolling hills of upper New York state.

The Saleen Cup Racing Series is intended to be easy to enter and affordable to maintain while retaining a professional-level of racing in the Saleen 1 spec race car.
The Saleen Cup Racing Series is intended to be easy to enter and affordable to maintain while retaining a professional-level of racing in the Saleen 1 spec race car.

The Saleen Cup Racing Series was intended to be easy to enter and affordable to maintain while retaining a professional-level of racing over the season in the Saleen 1 race car. The series is divided into two classes, the Pro-Am and Young Drivers, both of which foster talent at those levels for those looking to ramp up their racing resume.

For Saleen Cup drivers, there is quite a bit on the line as the winner of each class will get a paid seat in a Saleen GT4 car for the 2020 season. Not many guarantees like that in motorsports since anything can and will happen to change plans for the following season. With the Saleen Cup Racing Series, if you take the title, you’re racing in GT4 the coming season.

At the Watkins Glen race on Sunday, the winner in the Pro-Am Class was Brandon Davis, and Florida-native Hanna Zellers sealed up top spot in Young Drivers class.

Turnology: Saleen Cup, Watkins Glen
Turnology: Saleen Cup, Watkins Glen

Pro-Am Drivers

  • First Place – (#14) Brandon Davis
  • Second Place – (#4) Paul Terry
  • Third Place – (#6) Johan Schwartz

Young Drivers

  • First Place – (#71) Hanna Zellers
  • Second Place – (#12) Austin Riley
  • Third Place – (#19) Cameron Lawrence

“The Saleen Cup Racing Series has served as a development series for both our new Saleen 1 model and our team drivers. Watkins Glen was a proving ground for both,” said Steve Saleen, CEO, and founder of Saleen Automotive about this recent race.

The Saleen Cup Racing Series schedule includes four events for 2019 with two already completed, the upcoming rounds at Road America, Sept. 20-22 and Las Vegas, Oct. 18-20 should be heating up to clinch the championship and that GT4 seat next year.

For more about this series, visit the Saleen Cup website.

[Source: Turnology]

EVENT POSTSCRIPT: SALEEN CUP & WATKINS GLEN 2019

From our friends at Saleen Automotive.

We had a wonderful weekend in Watkins Glen. Thank you to all of the owners who came by “the compound,” and to everyone who contributed to making things happen.

For those that would like to know, the Vista Blue vehicle belongs to Eric Seaman and it’s a 2006 S281 3-Valve, with a glass roof. While the Laser Red convertible belongs to Mr. and Mrs. Russell and Marie Bauman, it’s a 1997 S281 powered by a 4.6l with and 5-speed manual transmission.

Thank once more to all of the crew, visitors, and drivers!

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WINNERS OF RACE #2 AT WATKINS GLEN

From our friends at Saleen Automotive.

Race two is in the books! Congratulations to:
Pro-Am Drivers

First — Brandon Davis (Car #14)
Second — Paul Terry (Car #4)
Third — Johan Schwartz – (Car #6)

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Young Drivers
First — Hanna Zellers (Car #71)
Second — Austin Riley (Car #12)
Third — Cameron Lawrence – (Car #19)

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WINNERS OF RACE #1 AT WATKINS GLEN

From our friends at Saleen Automotive.

Congratulations to the winners of Race 1!

Pro-Am Driver: P1: Eric Powell, P2: Martina Kwan, and P3: Bryce Miller. Young: P1: Austin Riley, P2: Carter Fartuch, and P3: Cameron Lawrence

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DAVIS, LAWRENCE & TERRY ARE 1, 2, 3 FOR MORNING QUALIFIER AT WATKINS GLEN

From our friends at Saleen Automotive.

Congratulations to Brandon Davis, Cameron Lawrence, and Paul Terry for qualifying 1,2,3 in today’s morning qualifier. Here are a few looks from track-side. You can watch the first race at 12:05 EST today here: https://live.sro-america.com/saleen-cup.

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CUP CARS ARE READY FOR SATURDAY QUALIFIERS AT WATKINS GLEN

From our friends at Saleen Automotive.

Great day of practice out at Watkins Glen. It’s amazing to see all 12 cars out on the track. The drivers are getting dialed in and ready for qualifiers tomorrow! It’s going to be a great weekend.

A quick look around the paddock after a good day at the track. Lots of activity, and special thanks to R3 Motorsports, Inc for all of your support this weekend!

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TWELVE SALEEN CUP CARS ENTER WATKINS GLEN

From our friends at Saleen Automotive.

All 12 cars are getting prepped and ready at Watkins Glen as we speak. The races will be live streamed at live.sro-America.com on Saturday at 12:05PM EST and Sunday at 11:50AM EST. We’ll also be posting throughout the weekend with a behind the scenes look from the track.

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